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The Oneida County Health Department has worked endlessly with schools, businesses and community partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

This month, they were recognized for that effort with the Wisconsin Technical College System’s Futuremaker Partner award.

That’s an annual award that WTCS uses to recognize an organization for its collaboration with a college.

Linda Conlon, the director of the Oneida County Health Department, says the health department has worked with Nicolet College for a long time.

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A Nicolet College culinary student recently won a national veal cooking competition.

Maja Holcomb created a cherry agrodolce sauce to serve with grilled veal chops.

Made with balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil and shallot, her sweet and sour recipe has one special ingredient – Wisconsin cherries.

Agrodolce sauce is a sweet and sour Italian condiment.

Holcomb said it’s kind of like ketchup – a sauce that can be whipped up to serve with anything.

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Nicolet College in Rhinelander has selected its next president.

Kate Ferrel will be taking over the position in July.

“I am so incredibly honored to be given this opportunity to lead this institution,” said Ferrel.

Ferrel started with Nicolet College in 2014 as the Dean of Students.

She then went on to serve as vice president of Student Affairs and eventually to her current position as executive vice president of Academic and Student Affairs.

Ferrel told WXPR she has several priorities.

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Victoria lays on a hospital bed inside a classroom at Nicolet College, and she’s just about ready to push.

“The baby is coming,” said Victoria, a high-tech birthing simulator. She’s about as close as you can get to the real thing.

This simulator is a life size woman with brown hair, eyes that can open and looking around, a big pregnant belly.

Students can take her pulse, put an IV in her, and help her give birth.


The pandemic has posed a serious challenge for artists and musicians everywhere.

That’s why WXPR has partnered with Nicolet College and ArtStart to present a project called “Working from Home” to support and share the work of local artists.

One part of that project is the Homegrown Concert Series. Every Sunday evening, local musicians perform on Nicolet’s stage.

Listen to the full interview with Nicolet’s Mike Effinger to learn more about what working on this project has been like.

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Enrollment at community colleges across the nation plummeted last year.

Instead of worrying about classes, COVID-19 left many students unemployed, caring for family members and concerned for their health.

But enrollment at Nicolet College has stayed steady since the pandemic started.

Amanda Colón is a business management student at Nicolet College.

“Right now, I have economics, modern marketing. I had human resources too,” she said, listing her classes.

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On a sunny and warm-for-December kind of day, a small group gathered in a corner of the large field that greets people as they enter Nicolet College’s campus.

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A college degree can put someone in a better position to land a job and make more money doing it, but affording college is a barrier to many people.

The Nicolet College Promise program has helped 57 students attended college tuition-free.

The tuition assistance program is for recent high school graduates that live in the Nicolet College District.

Nicolet Dean of Enrollment Erika Warning-Meyer says it’s a great program that makes higher education affordable.

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The Nicolet College Board of Trustees is starting its search for the next college president.

Current college president Dr. Richard Nelson is retiring this summer after 5-plus years in the position.

Board Chairman Sharon Nielson said the college is in good shape financially and academically thanks to Dr. Nelson and his leadership team.

It’s one of the reasons the board is hoping to find his replacement from within.

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For many people, the COVID-19 Pandemic has meant the partial or complete loss of income.

Some of those people may take this as an opportunity to further their education. Nicolet College is helping them pay for some of their college credits.

Starting with Spring Term 2021, new students enrolled at Nicolet College can get three of their college credits for free.

Nicolet College Dean of Enrollment Erika Warning-Meyer said the student has to prove they were financially impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Cindy Hoffman is a grandmother.

She doesn’t have a job, but she’s not retired.

Instead, for eight hours a day, she’s a student.

“Yes. It is my job until I get my degree,” she said, sitting on her back porch in St. Germain.

Using her laptop, Hoffman showed off her Nicolet College learning portal.

“I’ve been on the Dean’s List now a couple of times,” Hoffman said. “If I do anything, I want to do it well.”

Now in her late 50s, Hoffman was named the college’s Academic Success Student of the Year last year.

The Learning in Retirement program at Nicolet College is going virtual this year.

LIR will be offering 21 different presentations this fall. The topics range from nature to genealogy to art.

Some classes will last just a couple of hours while other will meet throughout the fall.

Learning in retirement coordinator Brenda Peltier said one of the biggest challenges is making sure members are comfortable with the technology needed for the classes.

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Nicolet College’s effectiveness with online education will take to an international stage later this year when college staff present at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate conference.

Due to the pandemic, Nicolet will deliver its two conference presentations virtually. More than 1,000 professional educators from around the world are expected to attend the November conference either in person or virtually. The conference will be based at Walt Disney World in Florida.

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The COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 4th Annual Northwoods Pride Festival at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, which was to be held (Saturday).

But the Rainbow Hodags, a Nicolet student group, now plan to host a virtual event on July 18.

The webinar will be called “Transgender Talk.”

Specific times and the webinar link will be released soon on the Rainbow Hodags Facebook page. InspiredImages

A quarter-century has passed since a group placed a number of items into a time capsule at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and this Saturday you can find out what 1994 was all about.

The public is invited to witness the opening of the capsule Saturday, October 12, in the Northwoods Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mary Fortier was working at Nicolet when the capsule was put together and it was completed on October 12, 1994...